Thursday, Debtember 05, 2019
Nothing to see here, citizen … move along
So The Ft. Lauderdale Office of the Corporation is having a holiday lunch tomorrow. I'm checking the email that was sent announcing it to get the address, when I notice the link to the restaurant's website. Curious, I click on the link only to get:
Secure Connection Failed
An error occurred during a connection to serabythewater.com.
The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified. Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.
Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites
And no option to ignore the error and view the site anyway. So I decide to try loading the non-secure version of the restaurant's website and got:
Web Page Blocked
Access to the web page you were trying to visit has been blocked in accordance with company policy. Please contact your system administrator if you believe this is in error.
Oh … really?
And in apparent unrelated news, it appears we are no longer capable of logging into LinkedMyFaceMeSpaceBookWeIn from The Ft. Lauderdale Office of the Corporation. I have to wonder if the network changes last week have anything to do with this …
Attack of the feed fetchers
A question about my JSON feed prompted me to look a bit closer at the requests being made.
|306||Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; inoreader.com; 1 subscribers)|
|14||The Knowledge AI|
|12||Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; SeznamBot/3.2-test1; +http://napoveda.seznam.cz/en/seznambot-intro/)|
|10||Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)|
That “Ruby” agent is not only requesting the feed every 10 minutes, but doing so from the same IP address. It's excessive and it inflates the apparent popularity of the JSON feed, but it's not enough to get me to ban it, although it doesn't need to be quite so aggressive.